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Everything You Need to be a Voter in the Federal Election

Voting can be overwhelming, especially for people casting a ballot for the very first time. I want to make sure you have all the information you need to get to your polling station on Monday, September 20th to be a voter deciding your next leaders.   To be a voter in the federal election, you must... be a Canadian citizen be at least 18 years old on election day prove your identity and address…

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Get out the vote – the most effective calls you’ll make all month

Pandemic. Wildfires. Climate Change. Election. I hear you -- there is a lot going on right now, and I’m feeling tired too. Yet, this week I’m feeling motivated and excited because I’ve signed-up to make non-partisan get out the vote (GOTV) calls to my neighbours to help more voters cast their ballots in Monday's Federal Election. Can you join me and sign-up for a GOTV phone bank now and help your…

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Let’s hear it for Creston!

In a unanimous decision by Town Council members on Tuesday, September 7, the Town of Creston has officially become the 11th community in the West Kootenays to commit to transition to 100% renewable energy across all energy use sectors in their community by 2050. Way to go, Creston! This also could not have happened without the hard work of the Creston volunteer team from the Creston Climate…

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Central Kootenay Leaders Defend Old Growth Forests

On August 19th, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) passed a unanimous resolution requesting the remaining old-growth forests and significant old trees in the Central Kootenay region be preserved.  Area E Director, Ramona Faust, brought the resolution forward to the RDCK Board. With the resolution passed, RDCK staff are now preparing a letter to Minister Conroy of Forests, Lands,…

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What’s really going on? Responding to the BC NDP’s old-growth forest messages.

Understanding forest policy and the complicated messaging from industry and government is hard to process and most people understandably don’t have the time for it. To help, we've created a summary of the five most important messages from the BC NDP and how to address them. You can use these in your response to NDP emails, in social media dialogues, or in conversations with your family and…

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Say no to harmful development in Rossland

Did you know that your Rossland City Council is considering approving development applications that will harm your vision for healthy and safe communities in your backyard? There are 4 lot development applications: South side of Granite mountain Along the narrow forested strip of land south of the Rock Cut Pub’s lower parking lot A large lot immediately north of and adjacent to the Rock Cut Pub…

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Let’s hear it for Slocan!

Council votes to adopt your 100% Renewable Energy Plan! Last night, Slocan Village Council voted unanimously to officially adopt the West Kootenay EcoSociety’s 100% Renewable Energy Plan! This means that Slocan has joined other small, rural towns like Kaslo, Warfield, Rossland, Castlegar, and Nelson as leaders in the transition to renewable energy.   The Village…

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A Message from Our Executive Director

Trying to do better This article contains content about residential schools that may be triggering. Support for survivors and their families is available. Call the Indian Residential School Survivors Society at 1-800-721-0066 or 1-866-925-4419 for the 24-7 crisis line. The KUU-US Crisis Line Society also offers 24-7 support at 250-723-4050 for adults, 250-723-2040 for youth, or toll-free at…

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Farms to Friends Delivers its 2500th bag of Fresh Food to Households in Need!

  As we approach our one-year anniversary, Farms to Friends has officially delivered its 2500th bag of fresh food to local community members in need. The program, which started last summer by the West Kootenay EcoSociety in response to the local food insecurity many people across the region experience, has expanded to support 75 households in need every week. Farms to Friends delivers…

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April 30th marks one year! Let’s celebrate!

On April 30th Premier Horgan and his government will have had their report outlining how to protect old growth forests in their hands for one year. It might feel like there is nothing to celebrate. While Premier Horgan promised protection for old growth forests, the last remaining ancient trees are still being cut down.  As concerned citizens of BC, we can hold the BC Government accountable to…

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